Google looks to a Windows 10 Certification for its Pixelbook

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 14, 2018

Again, that nugget was uncovered in development code for the laptop, and all this points to the possibility of allowing folks to dual-boot Windows 10 alongside Chrome OS on the Pixelbook, potentially adding to the appeal of the machine in a major way, and giving it far more flexibility in terms of the software the device can run. As of now, there is no clarity on whether Google will enable all Pixelbook owners to run Windows 10 on their device, but with certification on board the OS will have full support for signed drivers.

Earlier this year, reports surfaced saying Google was working on a feature called AltOS for its Pixelbook.

What's new? As pointed noted by XDA, new mentions of WHCK (Windows Hardware Certification Kit) and HLK (Windows Hardware Lab Kit) certainly make it look like Google is looking to pass Microsoft's official certifications. The Pixelbook's firmware is being updated to address issues picked up in Microsoft's hardware compatibility tests.

Fixing issues picked up by the HLK not only means that the Pixelbook's Windows compatibility is improving, it also opens the door to Google getting the hardware certified by Microsoft as being suitable for Redmond's operating systems.

If you'll recall, AltOS recently came onto the scene as a viable method of being able to install Windows on a Pixelbook. There's also a question of, if it comes with Windows 10 preinstalled, if it would be Windows 10 Home, Pro or even in S Mode, which mirrors Chrome OS's lightweight sensibilities.

By doing so it would definitely create a more appealing device, where users who want simplicity can keep using Chrome OS, but if there are apps and tasks that require Windows, they have that option as well.

For all we know, it may never see the light of day, but a man can hope.

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